Devin Moriarty Named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week
Amherst Earns Accolade for Third Time in Four Weeks

 AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Senior tackle Devin Moriarty (Springfield, MA) was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week, along with Brian LaHaie (Silver Springs, MD) of Trinity, for the week ending October 12, 1997. This is the third time in the four-week season that an Amherst player has won this honor, as outside linebacker Jake Conca (Attleboro, MA) earned recognition against Hamilton in Week 1 and free safety Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, NY) gained both NESCAC and ECAC awards for his three-interception performance against Middlebury last week.

Moriarty leveled 12 tackles (5 solo) against the White Mules on Saturday as the Jeffs cruised to a 35-0 blanking of Colby. The senior's three sacks upped his season total to a team-leading seven for the season. The Jeff blitz has registered 22 sacks in four games for a loss of 165 yards.

The Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought (LJST) major has also been a key factor on Amherst special teams. Early in the third quarter, Moriarty blocked a Colby punt to set up the Jeffs' fourth score of the game for a 28-point lead.

The Jeffs have three shutouts so far this season. This ties the record for NESCAC league play, set in 1995 as both Amherst and Williams blanked three opponents, including each other in a scoreless tie in muddy Williamstown. As a unit, the defense holds a commanding statistical league on the NESCAC, allowing only 17 points in four games (4.3 ppg) and 666 total offensive yards (166.5 ypg). The Jeffs have held opponents to merely 196 yards rushing all season.

Teammate Brian Daoust (Dover, MA) also earned league recognition as the NESCAC Rookie of the Week. The cornerback registered four tackles (3 solo) against the Mules and snagged an interception at the 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter to preserve the shutout. The Jeffs held Colby to 59 yards passing with an 8-for-23 completion rate with two picks.

Amherst kicks off Little III play this weekend when the Jeffs host Wesleyan for a Homecoming showdown at 1:30pm at Pratt Field. Both teams enter the game with 4-0 records, as the Cardinals squeaked by Bates 17-14 on Sunday. Amherst leads the series 53-40-9 over Wesleyan and has won the last three straight.

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